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05 June 2012 @ 01:01 pm
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I have been very vague about what ‘ancient history’ is for the purpose of this community and I think this is causing a bit of confusion about what is and is not allowed. Below the cut I have compiled a list of TV shows and films that are acceptable to use, this is by no means a complete list, I have tried to include a range of examples to try and elaborate on what I mean by Late Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. I will try and add to the list so that it can hopefully become a useful resource for everyone, you can also suggest things you think may be suitable and I will add them to the list.

I have not fully decided on what the cut off point is in terms of history – Late Antiquity/Early Byzantine is rather broad, I did not want to use the fall of the Roman Empire as the end of Antiquity as, historically, it is not.

I have bolded some TV shows and films as I am not sure if people want to include them because they come quite late, and I think one in particular is bordering on Medieval. Please argue for and against anything in bold, I want this community to be suited to what people want. Similarly, anything in italics is something that I feel needed further explanation about why it was included, you can argue against those if you feel they are too late but I may need lots of convincing.

In the community premise I also included this idea of ‘anything connected to Ancient History’ this was to open up challenges and be able to include adaptations of ancient literature, inclusion of mythology or heroic figures and art or theatre depicting ancient battles or stories that are not ancient themselves (if that makes sense – I mean things like John William Waterhouse paintings). This would allow for the inclusion of TV shows and films such as Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief and Valentine. This could be extended to include elements of shows such as Supernatural which includes angels, sirens, trickster gods, Thor and the Avengers which has characters that are/inspired Norse mythology depending on what source you use, and Charmed which has the main characters turning into Greek gods. How liberal I am with this is entirely up to you, I am happy to go completely wild with it but if people want a community more grounded in ancient history than I will do that.

I have included examples of TV shows and films that are not allowed but from ambiguous time periods, this is either because they are historical fantasy or because they set in a period that could be classed as late antiquity or early Medieval and I feel that it is more Medieval than ancient. If you feel I am completely wrong (which is possible as I don’t watch everything or know everything!) then please make a case and convince me I am wrong.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Ben-Hur (1959)
Ben-Hur (2010)
Clash of the Titans (1987)
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Cleopatra (1963)
Cleopatra (1999)
Hercules (Disney)
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Horrible Histories (particular sketches)
Jason and the Argonauts
Jesus Christ Superstar
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
King Arthur

Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Mulan (Disney)
Mulan II
One Night with the King (2006)
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief
Primeval - 3x07
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Quo Vadis? (2001)
Spartacus (1960)
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
Spartacus: Vengeance
The 300 Spartans
The Eagle
The Passion of the Christ
Up Pompeii
Warrior Queen
Wrath of the Titans
Xena: Warrior Princess
Young Hercules

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - This is another historical fantasy film which is hard to date, though I think the creators have placed it around 1000 CE which is maybe pushing into the Middle Ages?

Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Atlantis as an advanced civilisation destroyed or hidden under water is an ancient Greek idea.

Camelot/King Arthur/Merlin/Anything Arthurian - This is because in some versions of the mythology Arthur is a Romano-British figure or a Roman soldier which places him within antiquity. The dating of these myths is difficult but I think they are generally dated t 5th/6th centuries which I would still class as late Antiquity

Not accepted

Game of Thrones
Dana: Amy/Tardishaldir_lives13 on June 5th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for doing this :)

As for the boldest ones, I don't have any issue with them being included (also Merlin is one o my favourite shows so it would be great to be able to icon it)!
Raven Lullaby: Primeval - T-Rexravenlullaby on June 5th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Not a problem, it was a very good idea so thank you for suggesting it.

That is great to know. I'd like to include more late antiquity as it is often ignored in favour of classical antiquity